I've been assigned the task of making a birthday cake for a close relative in a couple weeks and have been given pretty sparse, yet specific instructions.
(1) It should be a chocolate cake.
(2) No chocolate on chocolate
(3) No nuts with the chocolate (dislikes them, not allergic)
(4) Doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate
(5) Does like mint & chocolate and strawberries with chocolate
I'm thinking of using the Hershey's Black Magic cake recipe since I don't have a stand-by of my own ... yet. ;-) I'm looking for suggestions for fillings and frosting flavors/types that might compliment the chocolate. I'm thinking of something like an espresso buttercream or maybe a caramel whipped cream frosting. Also playing around with the idea of a strawberry or rasberry puree filling.
Any thoughts/suggestions/recipes/pictures would be fantastic! I want it to be something that I can frost up nicely and make it special for his birthday. So something that has the potential "wow factor" would be great.
Thanks so much!!
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